How to tell if your shorts are too short: the whole world can see what’s in your pockets


  Oh, here we go…. This happens every summer: the sun comes out and suddenly women start walking around in shorts so tiny that the lining of the pockets dangles below the  chopped-off hems. Yes, Britney, we are looking at you here…

Now, admittedly, some of these women have fantastic figures, and good for them. We still don't want to see the inside of their clothes, though: or, indeed, the back of their butt cheeks dangling below the shorts – and if the front is tiny enough for the pockets to hang down, the back is normally tiny enough to let the butt hang down, too. Which just isn't nice, is it?

To be fair, these particular shorts are by Free People and we suspect the pockets have been deliberately elongated to create the illusion of too short shorts, without the actual… shortness. They may not actually look indecent on, in that case, but they're doing a pretty good job of faking it. They're also of the "expensively pre-ripped" variety too, which means you'll pay $198 for something that looks like it's about to fall off you at any moment. Which is presumably the whole point.

We'd probably give these a pass if they were worn at the beach, say, but anywhere else and we'd be inclined to view it as a sure sign the shorts in question are just too damn short. What do you think?


  • March 24, 2009


    I actually like the ones on the picture. depends how they look and who has them on..

  • March 24, 2009


    I get the feeling that whoever would wear these probably shouldn’t and whoever should wear these probably wouldn’t.

  • March 24, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    I thought only builders wore shorts like these..?

  • March 24, 2009


    Pre-ripped with pockets hanging out? Count me out. I might forgive them at the beach, but really for $200 you could look a heck of a lot better and less trashy.

  • March 24, 2009


    I don’t care who is wearing them: shorts with pockets hanging down always look gross to me. These same shorts, without the pockets and with a little less ripping, would be fine. Not something I’d wear, but not gross. (I also think butt cheeks hanging out of shorts is yucky.)

  • June 16, 2010


    The ultimate TRASHY piece of clothing, so slutty

  • July 19, 2010

    Xizi Luo

    Don’t wear this in Catholic school, actually anywhere in real life for that matter.

  • September 7, 2010


    That’s too short! Girls should dress more modest!

  • September 15, 2010


    People,people!! calm down this is a very cute thing to wear,but i do still think its too short… i mean it would look nice if it didnt have cuts and maybe it was white or just jean color that would look fine!!!! :)

  • July 26, 2011


    Umm obviously it’s a trend. Just because some of you dont have the legs or the figure doesn’t mean you can dis other people. I think it’s cute. No I’m not promoting shorts to your crotch either. I mean like right to where your butt starts. I think when very tall slim girls wear shorts like this, it compliements their body. Different people like different things. So you go like your jeans and they will go liking their shorts. That’s just my opinion!! And I swear I’m not tryin to be mean. I love everyone! I just mean let people like what they want. Worry about yourself. Not shorts. :)